Howdy, has anyone gone outside and had their eyelashes freeze yet? Been caught in a snow drift? Gotten a bloody nose from the dry-as-hell air? Fear not, for we have Tiki The Snow Away drinks to give you life here at Home Bar Girl. FEAR NOT Y’ALL.
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The inspiration for today’s drink is that totally fabulous, amazingly spiced, magical Sukkah Hill Spirits Besamim Liqueur. If you haven’t tried it or read my review, just know that it’s like if your grandma put all of her baking spices in a Liqueur. Hell yes to that. I wanted to put it in a Tiki drink cause Sugar Cane Spirit + Spices + Citrus = hot damn.
Here are the ingredients: Besamim Liqueur, Batavia-Arrack van Oosten, Denizen Merchant’s Reserve (currently my fave Rum), Pineapple Juice, and Lime Juice. I wanted to put Besamim with the Arrack cause I knew that they’d make an unstoppable combo. I was right. I’ve added Merchant’s Reserve for depth, viscosity, and funk.
Grab yer Tiki umbrellas, Pineapple chunks, and Luxardo Maraschino Cherries!
If you’re asking, “Grrrrrl, what’s with the name of this drink? Are monks going to come after me in the night and haunt me after I drink this?” POSSIBLY. I WON’T DENY THAT IT’S POSSIBLE! (Good luck with the hangover if you have too many.)
But seriously now, History! In the 16th century, English and Dutch sailors were trying to out-do each other in South East Asia. In the 17th century, they found a strange spirit called Arak/Rak/Arrack, distilled from sugar cane and fermented with red rice. They started making Punch with it and the predecessor to the “cocktail” was effectively born. I have named this drink in honor of the Gregorian period, the thrust of English Naval exploration.
- 1 1/2 oz Sukkah Hill Besamim Liqueur
- 1 1/2 oz Batavia-Arrack van Oosten
- 1/2 oz Denizen Merchant’s Reserve Rum
- 1 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- Garnish: Pineapple, Maraschino Cherry, Tiki umbrella
Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Double strain into rocks glass or short Tiki mug and garnish.
16th-21st Century cheers to all y’all! Happy Tiki The Snow Away to youuuuu.